Healthcare providers and suppliers will be required to provide Medicare beneficiaries with a written notice describing the beneficiary's right to report quality concerns to a state quality improvement organization (QIO), according to a proposed rulemaking by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Currently, such notices only are required for Medicare hospital inpatients.
The proposed rule would make it a Condition of Participation or Condition for Coverage that the following providers and suppliers provide the right to contact a QIO notice to each Medicare beneficiary served:
- Rehabilitation agencies
- Public health agencies that provide outpatient physical therapy and speech-language-
- pathology services
- Comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities
- Critical access hospitals
- Home health agencies
- Hospitals (including in connection with outpatient treatment)
- Long term care facilities
- Ambulatory surgical centers
- Portable x-ray service providers
- Rural health clinics
- Federally Qualified Health Centers
Providers and suppliers can submit comments to CMS on the proposed rule until April 4, 2011.